Update on the fight to cut military spending

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    Senator Patty Murray recently became the latest member of Democratic Leadership to join Senator Harry Reid in holding the line against House Republicans' efforts to undo mandated cuts to military spending, and to pay for it by cutting food stamps, school lunches and children's healthcare.

    While it is heartening to see Democratic Leadership holding the line, we need to keep up the pressure on senators to speak out against Congressional Republicans' relentless attempts to undo mandated military cuts. This week four Republican Senators led by Senator John McCain are embarking on a roadtrip to scare voters about planned automatic cuts to military spending under last year's debt-ceiling deal.

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    Reject Republicans' heartless and extreme budget that takes money from children to increase the Pentagon's budget.

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    How cruel and heartless are the Tea Party Republicans in Congress? The extreme right wing leadership of the House of Representatives passed a budget plan that cuts off 300,000 kids from free school lunches at a time when one in five children lives in poverty.1 And all to give more money to the Pentagon's already bloated budget.

    In last summer's deal on the debt ceiling, the House and Senate agreed to mandatory future cuts to both the military and social programs. While painful, this represented a much better deal than anything under consideration by the Super Committee because the cuts to military spending were so deep — and it effectively spared Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits from cuts.

    But now House Republicans have passed a sweeping budget reconciliation bill reneging on the debt ceiling deal to cut military spending. Their latest budget bill increases Pentagon spending above the agreed-upon levels in the debt deal that would enact $1.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years, split evenly between Pentagon spending and domestic programs.2

    Tell Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin: Reject the House Republican's cruel budget plan. Say no to a heartless tea party budget that pays for Pentagon increases by taking food and health care away from children. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

    The Republican budget is a Tea Party wish list. It increases an already bloated military budget and pays for it by taking away funding for food stamps, wiping out key parts of the federal health care law including health care for children, and slashes funding designated to reign in Wall Street.

    Specifically the GOP budget package would cut $36 billion from the food stamp program by reducing benefits and tightening eligibility, $23.5 billion from Medicaid and children's health care, $4.2 billion from hospitals that serve the poor and uninsured, and $2.8 billion from a program that helps homeowners facing foreclosures.3 We need to organize today and make sure that this cruel and heartless House GOP budget plan dies in the Senate.

    The deal was already made last summer. It was a compromise, but because it mandated equal cuts to military spending and social programs it was a better deal than Democrats imagined was possible on the deficit. Now we have to defend that deal to make sure Republicans don't block the required military cuts. If these cuts are rolled back, then all the required deficit reduction will come on the backs of children, the working class and the poor. It is urgent for us to speak up now to let the Senate know we will not stand for a compromise on the compromise.

    Tell Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin: Reject the House Republican's cruel budget plan and hold the line on mandated military cuts. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

    America already has the world's biggest economy and the most advanced and powerful military. No other country — including China — comes close. Reigning in the Pentagon budget won't change that. Keep in mind our military and defense spending played a significant role in increasing the national debt — over the last decade. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed to record deficits. The U.S. defense budget is six times that of China's and equal to that of more than the next 17 highest spending countries combined.4

    A consensus appears to be emerging among Americans with overwhelming support for military spending cuts. A nationwide poll showed that "not only does the public want deep cuts, it wants those cuts to encompass spending in virtually every military domain — air power, sea power, ground forces, nuclear weapons, and missile defenses."5 According to that poll in which respondents were told about the size of the budget as well as shown expert arguments for and against spending cuts, two-thirds of Republicans and nine in 10 Democrats supported making immediate cuts.6 A chorus of security experts have also come out in support of a more streamlined military budget.7

    Tell Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin: Reject the House Republican's cruel budget plan. Say no to a heartless tea party budget that pays for Pentagon increases by taking food and health care away from children. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted the House Republicans for trying to fatten up the Pentagon spending at the expense of our kids, seniors and so many others who could least afford it. He called them out on the Senate Floor for failing a "basic moral test" and said that pushing a "one-sided solution to across-the-board cuts would take from the many to give to the few."8

    It is time for rest of Senator Reid's colleagues in the U.S. Senate to come out and denounce this budget as a non-starter. Click below to automatically sign our petition.

    http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6887341&p=republicans_heartless&id=44294-3362360-huvE_nx&t=15

    Thank you for fighting back against Republican extremists.

    Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
    CREDO Action from Working Assets

    1. Jonathan Weisman, "House Approves $310 Billion in Cuts, but Passage in the Senate Is Very Unlikely," The New York Times, May 10, 2012.
    2. Rosalind S. Helderman, "GOP plan would forestall Pentagon cuts," The Washington Post, May 9, 2012.
    3. Weisman, "House Approves $310 Billion in Cuts, but Passage in the Senate Is Very Unlikely."
    4. Zaid Jilani, Memo To The Media: The U.S. Spends Six Times More On Military Than China, ThinkProgress.com, August 25, 2011 and the Economist online, "Defence costs," Economist.com, June 8, 2011.
    5. R. Jeffrey Smith, "Public overwhelmingly supports large defense spending cuts," iWatchNews.org by The Center for Public Integrity, May 10, 2012.
    6. Id.
    7. National Security Network, "Background Brief: Military and Bipartisan National Security Experts Agree: It's Time to Reduce Military Spending," October 25, 2011.
    8. "Reid: Democrats Will Not Go Back On Tough But Balanced August Budget Deal To Benefit Billionaires, Defense Contractors," Democrats.Senate.gov, May 9, 2012.


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